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A Secluded Cape Fear River Retreat

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Space 2,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Whole house rental, 5 Bedrooms, 4.5.5 Bathrooms (Sleeps 10+)

Dragon Fly, as it is affectionately called, is an amazingly private, quiet, and serene luxury home located on the North East Cape Fear river, about 30 minutes from Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach.

CHECKIN time is 4:00 PM or later on the date of arrival,

and CHECKOUT time is by 10:00 AM on date of departure.

We need this 6 hour time frame, so that we may make the property ready for each new guest.

Built in 2002 by the current owner as a vacation home, this home is the ultimate getaway. A brand new cooks' kitchen, massive deck and screened in porch face the river. A projector + 10' screen for screening films help to make this place very special. The home boasts 5 bedrooms and 3.5.5 bathrooms, with an extra large jacuzzi and walk in shower in the master. Nearly every piece of furniture is antique (circa 1900) and most of the art is from local artists. On the ground floor there is a full pool table, iron gym, and heavy boxing bag. Bring a boat, canoe or kayak to enjoy the river, or take a quiet walk around the adjacent pond to view the many animals and foliage that call this region home. Ever seen a woodpecker a foot and a half tall? How about Venus Flytrap, carnivorous plants that only grow within a 75 mile radius of our house and nowhere else in the entire world!

Throw horse shoes, or enjoy sitting by the Asian fire pit as you grill steaks over a real hardwood fire. A massive porch fronts the house and faces the river, of which a section is screened in.

We do not have good TV reception or Internet service, due to our secluded location. Actually, we hope that our guests really enjoy being 'unplugged' while here, off the grid! After all, why come to an Eco-paradise to sit inside and watch TV?

The property comes with a caretaker in the event of questions or additional needs. Catering can be arranged.

Thank you very much for your interest.

More Details

Cliff Davis
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2017

About Cliff Davis

We are a family from this area. My people settled in this area in 1640, emmigrating from Scotland, England and Wales nearly 400 years ago. We built this home in 2002 for our personal use, and went to great lengths to use only the finest building materials, sparing no expense to create an environment that is top quality. I grew up in this area, swam in this river as a child as did all my forbearers, and wanted to create a legacy property that my family will continue to enjoy for another 400 years. Permanent quality is what we enjoy... Only the best!

Cliff Davis purchased this house in 2002

Why Cliff Davis chose Southern Coast

This area is an Eco-paradise, great bird watching, a pristine rural riverside setting with wonderful beaches nearby (Wrightsville, Topsail, and Hempstead). In this day of hustle and bustle, it is still nice to know that a dirt lane still exists that can transport you to another place in time.

What makes this house unique

Several things make this location so unique and desirable.

Although we are deep in the woods, fronting a gorgeous river, we are only six minutes from Interstate 40. The nearby town of Burgaw has all the charm of a beautiful southern village, antiques and old timey stores, yet we are only 30 minutes fron the bustling seaport of Wilmington, sometimes referred to as a mineature Charleston, S.C. Our area practically oozes with ancient cypress trees, hanging Spanish moss and ante-bellum charm.


Burgaw House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Custom sit down shower... Lots of jets!
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Beautiful oval tub and shower.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , Custom shower, plus a jacuzzi for two.
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Sink and laundry area as well.
    Bathroom 5 - A beautiful porcelain sink and mirror in the top cupola.
  • All bathroom facilities are custom. Ceramic tile, Italian marble, etc. The custom showers are both 'walk in ', with large permanent seating built in. Rain head fixtures and custom jets soothe the aches away. Absolutely lovely.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • The Cupola bedroom - 1 queen , High up in the cupola. Fantastic 360 degree views.
    Cliff's suite - 1 queen , On main floor, private door to screened porch.
    Louise's suite - 1 queen , Luxurious and quiet on the second floor.
    The kids' room - 2 double , Twin bed with trundle. Adjacent to living room. Comfy!
    Master riverside suite - 1 king , California king bed, ultra bath, private deck, great view.
  • All bedrooms feature beautiful furniture, plush bedding and custom, old fashioned Southern Style hardwood tongue and groove ceilings. These 5 bedrooms sleep 10 folks very comfortably, with excess ( usually children ) claiming the couch, porch or pallet. Some even love to camp outside if they bring a tent. A very flexible house.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Pool Table ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The fire pit in the front yard, next to the river, is wonderful. We imported large river rocks from the mountains of N.C., that can seat 16. Wood is available to build campfires. Also we have andirons, grate and a huge steel mesh grill surface to cook on the open fire. This is where we cook steaks over real hardwood, roast oysters and have our pig pickings. Probably my most favorite place to sit on cool nights, eating marshmallows and telling ghost stories.


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A Secluded Cape Fear River Retreat
average rating of 4.645161 based on 31 reviews

The Perfect Getaway - Isolated Nature

  • 5 of 5

The travel from Chapel Hill, NC felt like a fairly short drive. The one mishap that did occur that may happen for future tenants was that there was a similar address nearby and all that differentiated the two was a space, so for example if the address was "123 Fairview Dr," I accidentally typed in "123 Fair view Dr." - so I hope this doesn't happen to anyone! But yes, onto the house - it was a 3 floor house with an open-view, scenic basement area that contained a nice pool table, canoeing, and fishing items. The house was very spacious and the views from the house were spectacular. The house contained all the essentials you would need, a nice kitchen, good rooms, spacious living room with a projector, a nice netted porch area to get a feeling of the outside without having to commit to going outside, just about everything except wifi; in all honesty, the no wifi was probably the best part of the trip, everyone just enjoyed each others' companies rather than being busy on their phones. No wifi really helped immerse our group with the beautiful scenic views around us. But aside from that, the house was roughly 40ish minutes away from Wilmington Beach, not a bad drive at all. There were very nice restaurant in the area as well.

Last but not least, of course, was our host - Cliff and his son (I hope this is correct). They both kept in contact with me before and throughout the stay to make sure that I was as comfortable as possible. Cliff made a few suggestions to in regards to the house, places to eat, and how to maximize my enjoyment while staying at the house. I do recommend this to anyone who wants to get away and just enjoy what nature offers.

I want to thank Cliff and his son a whole bunch for all that they did to make my stay enjoyable.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind remarks. We always enjoy hosting people who like the out-of-doors as much as we do. Being away from it all certainly has its advantages, even young people who are completely convinced that they are addicted to their cellular devices. Ha! Time off the grid means time together. Again, thank you very much. Cliff Davis
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The property was in good condition, and plenty of room for our group of 12.

  • 4 of 5

We were happy with the location and space. Everything was well broke -in and we thought we may have been the first tenants in a while. Our family had a comfortable stay and enjoyed the beautiful location.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable, secluded destination

  • 4 of 5

Overall, loved the house! It worked great for us as a large group as there were many small, individual rooms. The living area was a bit tight for everyone to fit during the day, making this much more ideal during the summer than in the winter (as there is a great outdoor area and many comfortable porches), but was still great during the winter.

If I had to criticize it for something, the lack of both internet and cable was a bummer. There's a great sound system for music and projector for movies, but being able to watch a football game or stream Netflix would have been great.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for coming to our little corner of the world. Since we are somewhat tucked away in our secluded location, we do not enjoy cable or internet service, as advertised. Although this is a drawback to some, most visitors find it relaxing just to kick back and enjoy nature. We have a very unique setting and are happy that you found most everything else to your liking. Please come again. We appreciate your patronage.
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PERFECT outdoor getaway to enjoy quality family time in nature

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for our family and allowed us to enjoy quiet time together as well as relaxing outdoors. We loved the hammock, and there were plenty of trees outside perfect for hanging our own ENOs, too. The kids splashed in the river and we enjoyed the outdoor fire pit. Cliff was VERY welcoming and attentive to our needs. He made us feel like family! We had an amazing dinner at Holland's Shelter Creek and even caught a few HUGE catfish! We drove into town and had a nice lunch and tasting at a local winery, Duplin. We spent a perfect day at Wrightsville beach, a short drive from this house. We can't wait to come visit Burgaw and the Dragon Fly again very soon! My boys are STILL talking about the Swamp Booger that lives in this house. Thank you Cliff for making us feel so welcomed!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind comments. It thrills me to know that you all enjoyed our home as much as we do. I played in that same river as a boy myself. We work hard to maintain a quality vacation experience, and really appreciate it when people are pleased with it. Please come back soon. Best regards, Cliff
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Peaceful Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We celebrated my parents' sixtieth anniversary. With 12 people there we had enough space where we weren't running into each other, enough bathrooms, and a great time celebrating.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for renting our vacation home. We strive to have a comfortable, relaxed place where people can gather and have a swell time. We look forward to hosting you again, and appreciate the kind remarks as to the quality experience you had at DragonFly. Cliff
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Great Stay

  • 5 of 5

We were able to book and stay with little notice and we were all extremely happy with what our money bought us. We had a great stay, no problems, attentive owner and easy to talk to. I would stay at the DragonFly again and I would recommend it to friends and family as well.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jeremy, I am so glad that you had a good time at Dragonfly. We try real hard to have a clean, comfy place for you to come and visit. Requests on short notice are no problem for us. Our house always stands ready for the next visitor, and it is such a pleasure to have had you as a guest. We hope to see you again real soon. Cliff
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Wilmington International Airport (ILM)
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Hollands Shelter Creek
Nearest Ferry
35 Miles
Fort Fisher to Southport
Nearest Golf
14 Miles
Wallace, N C
Nearest Train
92 Miles
Raleigh, N C
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Highway Interstate I-40, exit 398 at Burgaw.
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Hollands Shelter Creek
Nearest Ski
Water ski in front of the house, on the river.
Nearest Beach
28 Miles
Wrightsville Beach
Car: necessary

Dragon Fly is situated in a peaceful, rural setting that is an eco-paradise! We are located directly on the Northeast Cape Fear river, and are a short 35-40 minute drive from some of the most beautiful beaches in North Carolina. The ultimate getaway for nature lovers.

We are only 5 miles outside of Burgaw, N.C. Burgaw is a small charming town, the seat of Pender County, the last of 100 counties to be created in North Carolina.

Our town also happens to be the movie location for the current CBS hit show, 'Under The Dome.' The movie studio is in Wilmington.

Burgaw is the quaintest small town, like going back in time to 'Mayberry' with Andy and Barney. It is on the Civil War Trail, and boasts the oldest railway station in North Carolina, built circa 1850.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Damage Insurance $79

There is a two night minimum for each rental.
Also included on each and every rental is a mandatory, non refundable one time damage insurance fee of $69.00, which provides $3,000.00 of interior damage protection to the owner. This is in lieu of the large security deposit normally required on such luxury property.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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